Hi there Hawkes Bay – fourteen people have signed up in response to my earlier notice - thank you.
We still need another 45 volunteers for HASTINGS. We need 21 for this weekend and 24 for 13-14 November.
Could you please give two hours of your time? The web site will close off later this week, so if you can help please comment below or PM me and I will contact you.
Also, please ask your friends and family to lend a helping hand – men are more than welcome – remember – men can get breast cancer too! Also you can bring your dog and / or your children / grandchildren.
I look forward to working with you all – in the pink: a scarf, a skirt, earrings, a whimsy, a wig, a t-shirt/jacket/jumper, pink feather boa, pink bowler hat – some / any / all of those!
Pink Ribbon Appeal Co-ordinator for Hastings
I found an interesting flyer in my letterbox. It’s a “petition” to end the Chinese government.
It is possibly one of the most racist pieces of American propaganda I’ve ever read.
After wending my way through their websites, I found it originates in Flushing, NY. Home of Fran Drescher, aka The Nanny.
I had wondered when I saw the face on it most definitely wasn’t Chinese, but very European.
The rubbish inside and on their websites spouts a lot of Trumpian ideals about the “Chinese Virus” and the “Demon” Chinese Communist Party bloodthirsty terrorist organisation.
While we may not support the Chinese government, or their secrecy and anti democratic policies, this rubbish is at best pointless (a foreign petition is not going to get rid of the Chinese government, only the Chinese people can), at worst inflammatory and provocative (it could be interpreted as a call to violence, and that’s never a good idea).
The only way to end a bad government is with good people. Today’s USA is a fair relevant example.
Bin this rubbish. It’s not even recyclable, due to the type of high gloss paper used.
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The Hawke’s Bay Regional Council has used DNA to confirm the presence of giant goldfish in a farm pond in Hawke's Bay.
A tip off from a farm manager, followed by a eDNA sample has resulted in a process to remove two fish that had been in the pond for some time.
Regional Council freshwater ecologist Daniel Fake says koi carp have wreaked havoc in the Waikato, Auckland and Northland where they have proliferated, and the council doesn’t want that to happen in Hawke’s Bay.
“In this instance we’re lucky that they haven’t bred in the pond, or escaped into a larger waterway, and we’re very grateful that a member of the public has alerted us to their presence,” he said.
Wellington based company Wilderlab provides the eDNA testing service, and the Regional Council are working closely with them to optimise the application of this new technology for council needs, and range of biodiversity and biosecurity purposes.